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Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane
Special to CNBC.com

Colleen Kane is a writer for CNBC.com covering luxury and unusual real estate as well as travel and other topics. Her essays and articles have appeared in The Oxford American, Bust, Spin, the anthology Madonna and Me, and in many other publications. She created the urban exploration website Abandoned Baton Rouge and more recently set her camera sights on the ruins of Borscht Belt resorts.

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  • The nation's wealthiest homebuyers are moving to towns with humble beginnings that have bloomed into millionaire enclaves, and also to a handful of communities that were planned from the start with affluent residents in mind. To determine which towns made up this list, analyzed data for towns with populations over 10,000 where the median home value is over a million, and where they saw the biggest increase in percentage of total home sales. Click on to see fifteen of the nation’s priciest commun

    Click to see fifteen of the nation’s priciest communities that are still open to those with deep enough coffers.

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    First-time home buying is well documented as an arduous process, and much of that can be attributed to the sheer number of new and unexpected issues. Therefore, the more you know, the better you’re likely to fare. Here, briefly, are some aspects buyers should consider when shoring up finances to buy a house.

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    Especially in this economy, workers don’t leave their jobs without a good reason. Executives from the executive search firm DHR International opined on some of the most common ways employees become disenchanted and disenfranchised enough to cut themselves loose from their jobs. In the enigmatic realm of credit scores, 850 is the magic number—the almost mythical perfect score. But how possible is it really to achieve an 850, and is it worth the effort?

  • Suburban tract homes be damned, America still has a healthy supply of homes that make you go “hmm,” and TopTenRealEstateDeals.com has compiled a list of some real doozies called The . These are homes with stories to tell and questions to answer—there’s intrigue and mystery. Two of these homes are built in honor of a loved one. Some of them are open to the public, some are private homes, and most of these in the list are even for sale. Multiple homes on the list are energy efficient and even off

    America has a healthy supply of homes that make you go “hmm.” TopTenRealEstateDeals.com has compiled a list of some real doozies called The Top 10 Weird but Wonderful Homes.

  • Celebrity couples are rich, famous, successful, beautiful, and in love. They also live in ridiculously luxurious and opulent multi-million-dollar homes, often with breathtaking views. Don’t you just hate them, yet at the same time also want to examine every detail of their homes? What does $45,000 monthly rent get you? What type of living space does $16 million buy in New York City real estate? Click ahead to find how the other half (and their other halves) live.

    What does $45,000 monthly rent get you? What type of living space does $16 million buy in New York City real estate? Click to find out.

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    Senior citizens typically live on fixed incomes, and if they haven’t planned wisely, they can even be in danger of outliving their savings. But you can’t take it with you, and what fun are the golden years without spreading around some gold?

  • By the time it’s five years old, the average vehicle’s value has dropped by about 66%. The editors of compile an annual list of those vehicles that best hold their value, based on supply and demand as well as current and projected future market conditions. The 2011 brand for overall best resale value is Subaru, which are expected to be worth 39% of their purchase price after five years of ownership. The best resale make for luxury cars is BMW, with 37.1% expected value retention after five years

    The editors of Kelley Blue Book compile an annual list of those vehicles that best hold their value. Check out the cars with the best resale value.

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    As potential homebuyers begin wading back into a battered real estate market, it’s helpful to know how to evaluate properties, especially foreclosures and houses that may have stood abandoned. Is that fixer-upper really such a bargain?

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    It's got a designer pedigree and it's known from the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." So why isn't this Highland Park, Ill., home selling?

  • The cities that will be hiring the most workers in 2011 aren’t necessarily among those with the most people, according to just-released data from the online career community and jobs resource  “Outranking the city of Houston, Baltimore owes its growth to their heavy concentration of jobs in the health, science and technology industries,” says Heidi Golledge, co-founder and CEO of CareerBliss. “When looking for a new career opportunity in 2011, is vital to keep in mind not only the job and indust

    The cities that will be hiring the most workers in 2011 aren’t necessarily among those with the most people, according to just-released data from the online career community and jobs resource CareerBliss.